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August 2, 2005

Blakely - Early County Memorial Hospital only has 30 beds, and not all of them are full, but there are times when more may be needed. "This facility will benefit everybody in Early County and in this region, because it should be a great asset to healthcare," says Buck Grist, Board Chairman of Primary Care of Southwest Georgia. The Board applied for a grant to start a Community Health Center, and on December 1st, they'll received $650,000 to operate the facility.

Grist says, "Early County is one of the most under served counties in Georgia, in healthcare. That's primarily the reason we received the grant to establish a healthcare center."

US Congressman Sanford Bishop says, "We live in an area that has been challenged with providing healthcare, and one of the key ingredients to a better quality of life, is affordable, accessible healthcare."

Affordable even to those who don't have insurance. They will be billed on a sliding scale. Grist says, "It will give people who are uninsured, that don't have funding to go to a regular doctor's office, it will give them a chance to go, receive medical care, pay their bills and maintain their dignity."

Bishop says, "This will provide opportunities for people not just to have better lives, but to save lives." Lives moving in a healthier direction.

A location has not been selected for the Community Health Center, but board members hope to have it operational by the beginning of the year.

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